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Although in the Netherlands, like in many other jurisdictions, healthcare providers are expected to be open and honest to their patients and to apologise for any medical mistakes, in practice they are still not always completely open about mistakes that have been made. It is often assumed that healthcare providers’ liability insurers do not allow them to apologise, and indeed that making certain statements, such as offering apologies, can constitute an admission of liability. This assumption is one of the reasons why literature has suggested that it is sensible, from a legal perspective, to exercise caution when offering apologies. This paper argues that this suggestion is both socially undesirable and not substantiated in law.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Oñati Socio-Legal Series|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Sep 2017|
Bibliographical notev. 7, n. 3 (2017) – The Place of Apology in Law
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A Gordian Knot or not? On the relation between apologies, liability and compensation
Arno J. Akkermans (Speaker), Andrea Zwart-Hink (Speaker) & Cindy Seinen (Speaker)27 Sep 2019
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